For as long as I can recall (years before I became a health coach), I’ve tried to get my (now) husband to be just a little bit healthier. More exercise…less beer…And Oh, do we really need that second pizza? But one thing I’ve learned over the years about supporting a loved one with their health is that they have to really dig deep and want to make changes on their own. Everyone’s history, circumstances, preferences, obstacles and motivators are different, and going on that journey to figure it all out truly is worth it. You may know that already, but the other person needs to see that for themselves.

Related: How to Help Your Partner Become Healthier

Passive-aggressive comments — albeit well-intended — do not work.  Guilt doesn’t work. Bribery doesn’t work. Usually. Making a cinnamon-quinoa bake and passing it off as dessert sure as heck doesn’t work either. Nope. You simply need to lead by example, be supportive, ask questions, but detach emotionally when you need to. Just be there.

Cheering in the crowd for the New York City Marathon 2014.Well, fast forward 8.5 years and that man I met at the Sunburnt Cow (RIP) all those years ago is running in his first marathon. The New York City Marathon! 26.2 miles through the five boroughs. Amazing. And the best part is, he came to this incredible achievement all on his own.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that although I am a Health Coach, I am by no means a clean-eating little angel. I still have setbacks from time to time, and I’m pretty certain that no matter how much progress I continue to make, I will struggle with emotional eating to some degree for the rest of my life. And truthfully, most days I am cool with that. I have finally accepted my reality, and it feels better to embrace it than waste energy fighting it.

When I have a slip-up, I don’t really get upset about the extra calories I’ve consumed. It’s more about why I over-indulged that bugs me, which more times than not is for an emotional reason. It also is usually on food that is not all that good or worth it. That’s the worst! I pretty much never feel guilty about consuming treats I really love because they are just so darn tasty.

Butterlane cupcakes in the East VillageButterlane cupcakes. The guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about.

So, onto my confession…
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